US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced a sweeping review of the nation’s lead public health agency Monday, according to a report by foreign media on April 4.
The review will evaluate the CDC’s structure, systems, and processes.Starting April 11, HHS, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will conduct a month-long listening tour and assessments and provide insights for shifting more of the CCP virus response activities to its various centers, institutes and offices, as well as for strengthening the delivery of science and programs.
Walensky also asked the three senior officials to gather feedback on the agency, including proposals for changes to the current structure. In its 75-year history, she said, the CDC has never made quick decisions like this based solely on limited, real-time, and evolving science. The CCP virus pandemic provides an opportunity to review current organizational structures, systems, and processes across HHS, and the CDC is working to strategically position and modernize the agency to promote and support public health in the future.
The American public will be keenly interested in the CDC’s core capabilities, including the public health workforce, data modernization, laboratory capabilities, health equity, rapid response to outbreaks, and preparedness in the United States and around the world.Commentators believe that a focus on improving the veracity and transparency of data on public health events, based on a review and reform of the CDC, is the most important and urgent matter at hand.